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Falkirk Council could impose height restrictions on gravestones

Falkirk Council plan to restrict the height of gravestones in its cemeteries
Picture: Michael Gillen (140540)

Falkirk Council plan to restrict the height of gravestones in its cemeteries Picture: Michael Gillen (140540)

 

Grieving relatives could find sweeping changes to the size of memorials they are allowed to erect for loved ones.

Plans unveiled by Falkirk Council would limit headstones to four feet.

The local authority said it was for health and safety reasons.

However, one council insider said: “This is not going to make us popular with the public.”

Plans to be debated by councillors on Tuesday also include stopping people buying lairs in advance, unless there is evidence they are terminally ill, and only allowing floral tributes on a new grave for two weeks after the burial.

A spokesperson for Falkirk Council said: “As part of a review by a policy development panel for bereavement services, a suggestion has been put forward that a maximum headstone height could be introduced with a maximum of four feet.

“This is to reduce possible longer term health and safety risks from overly large memorials and at the same time improve the aesthetics of the cemeteries.”

 

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